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Karin Lewis, Chris O'Connor, Cathy Harding & Nicola Lewis

In: Key Concepts in Learning Disabilities

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Psychological Therapies
Psychological therapies
KarinLewis, ChrisO'Connor, CathyHarding and NicolaLewis
Definition

Psychological therapies are based on psychological theories and consist of a range of structured interventions with individuals, couples, families or groups. All psychological therapies involve a therapist-client relationship and use a psychological model or theory to inform practice. Such therapies are aimed at reducing distress, symptoms, and risk of harm to self or others, and improving quality of life (DoH, 2001).

Key Points
  • Psychological therapies are a key intervention for people with a learning disability when experiencing emotional distress.
  • There is a growing range of psychological therapies available for people with a learning disability.
  • There is research evidence that psychological therapies are effective for people with a learning disability but further studies are required.
Discussion

Historically, people with learning disabilities have been denied psychological ...

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